[BOARD GAME] United Nations
[Australia?] : s.n., [1945 or 1946]. Thin card, 285 x 295 mm, folding, front with striking pictorial design incorporating a schematic depiction of bombers attacking Tokyo, rear with ‘Directions for playing “United Nations”‘, fold-out game board featuring a map of Japan marked ‘Tokyo’ at centre, which is the target for bombing and occupation by four competing military forces: Australia, United States, Great Britain and the Dutch East Indies; in fine condition.
This game was presumably produced towards the end of or shortly after World War II, as the Dutch East Indies are one of the combatants. The object is for the players to compete against each other to destroy and/or capture Tokyo, ‘the enemy city’, using their respective airforces. The game’s name does not refer to the United Nations organisation founded in October 1945, but rather to the Declaration of the United Nations endorsing the Atlantic Charter, signed on January 1 1942 by representatives of 26 nations at war with the Axis powers, pledging to use their full resources against the Axis and agreeing not to make a separate peace.
The game was sourced in Australia, and this fact, coupled with the game’s virulently anti-Japanese sentiment, suggests it is Australian in origin.
Rare. We can locate no examples of this board game in institutional collections, nor can we find any printed or online reference to it.